Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

 Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) in Vechoor, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) in Vechoor, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

The picture above makes it easy to understand the origin of this bird's name : the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis). Indeed, this species is often seen with cattle or large mammals, feeding on the insects and small vertebrates that are disturbed by these animals. It is a stocky heron white a quite short bill and neck. It has a very large distribution range.

Cattles Egret (Bubulcus ibis) were a pretty common sight during my trip to Kerala, where it is a pretty rare sight in Geneva.

JAG